3 Keys to Victory For The Ravens On Thursday Night
The Ravens host the Cleveland Browns tonight in a crucial AFC North game. Here are my 3 three keys to victory for the birds.
Thursday night will feature smash-mouth football at it’s finest. Division rivals Baltimore Ravens (4-4) will host the (0-9) Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens come in as the clear favorite in a game that is a must win for the division. A win keeps Baltimore in first place in the division and sends the Browns on their way to their worst season in franchise history. This is the first Thursday game for both teams and it should bring a loud crowd to Baltimore.
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As mentioned in my preview yesterday, this game could prove to be a trap game if the Ravens come out flat after a short week of preparation. The Browns came into Baltimore last season and stunned the Ravens in a 33-30 overtime game. The Ravens are coming off a bruiser against Pittsburgh and should not take this game lightly. With a good chance of going 0-16 this season, the Browns essentially have nothing to play for and are completely out of playoff contention. I would not be surprised to see head coach Hue Jackson pull some stunts to throw the Ravens off.
On paper the Ravens should win this game easily. The defense finally seems to be coming together and Joe Flacco has played some of his best games against the Browns. He has owned the Browns with a 14-2 record since he entered the league in 2008. The offense has struggled all season and this game could prove to be a breakout for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and company. Here are my 3 keys to victory for the Ravens tonight.